March 6, 2021

With Emphasis on Youth, Is Mamata Banerjee Steadily Passing the TMC Baton to Workforce Abhishek?

Having been a fiery youth chief as soon as, the Jubo Andolan (youth motion) and its sentiments at all times get due significance in the case of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

That is the explanation why Shahid Diwas (Martyrs’ Day) on July 21 is likely one of the most vital occasions for ‘Didi’ (as Mamata is popularly identified) in Bengal. It’s an annual mass rally organised by the Trinamool Congress in remembrance of 13 folks gunned down by the Bengal police in Kolkata throughout a protest march organised by Mamata, who was then a Youth Congress chief, on July 21, 1993, whereas demanding voter identification card to be made the only doc for voting.

On a number of events, the Trinamool Congress chief has urged the state’s youths to come back ahead to affix politics and carry the occasion’s mantle ahead.

Mamata’s constant efforts to woo children got here alongside together with her technique to draft her nephew Abhishek Banerjee within the TMC as president of the occasion’s youth wing in 2013. He has been serving as a Member of Parliament from the Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency in South 24 Parganas district since 2014.

His induction in TMC has irked many occasion leaders together with Mukul Roy who overtly raised his voice towards him and later joined the BJP after variations with Abhishek and Mamata over varied points.

Nevertheless, through the years Abhishek has emerged as some of the influential leaders in Bengal’s politics in the case of carrying ahead the TMC’s ideology among the many youths within the state. Lately, he issued directions to district leaders to not embrace anybody above 40 years of age within the youth wing.

Prior to now 9 years, after coming to energy in 2011, Mamata, moreover engaged on reforms, has additionally squeezed out extra space for kids in TMC. So Suvendu Adhikari (the occasion’s key man in mobilising the lots in the course of the Nandigram motion in East Midnapore), Mahua Moitra, Kargil struggle veteran (retd) Colonel Diptanshu Chaudhary (who takes care of the TMC social media workforce), Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Pulak Roy, Nusrat Jahan (MP), Mimi Chakraborty (MP) got outstanding positions within the occasion.

Even on July 23, 2020, Mamata gave extra prominence to younger faces whereas forming a seven-member core committee to fine-tune methods for the 2021 meeting elections within the state.

Additionally, the Nandigram motion (East Midnapore) in 2007 and Singur motion (Hooghly district) in 2008, which helped Mamata finish the 34-year rule of the Left Entrance in Bengal, had been led by younger occasion leaders like Suvendu Adhikari and Becharam Manna.

A fast take a look at Mamata’s previous political stand clearly reveals how she at all times gave due significance to younger environment friendly leaders within the occasion.

Mamata’s respect for the ‘Juba Shakti’ (youth energy) isn’t any secret to political specialists; nor did the induction of election strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC (run by younger folks) on June 6, 2019, because the TMC’s political advisor come as a shock.

Mamata’s particular deal with children turned evident as soon as once more on January 27, 2020. Whereas addressing an enormous gathering of younger Trinamool employees and supporters at a student-youth workshop at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, she thanked all the scholars who had joined the motion towards the Centre’s Citizenship Modification Act (CAA).

“The scholars and the youth are the way forward for this nation; it’s they who would lead. I’m blissful that the scholars have taken over the accountability of the motion,” she had stated.

However Mamata’s Could 11, 2018, interview with a regional tv channel got here as a shock for everybody. She stated she had ready a “political will” to take the TMC ahead sooner or later.

Whereas her assertion remains to be doing the rounds in Bengal’s political circles with a lot hypothesis, her comment on July 21, 2020 (on Shahid Diwas) about “making ready devoted youths for the TMC” as she “won’t be there perpetually” has actually come as an encrypted message on passing the baton to the youths.

“Chiro Kal Ami Thakbo Na…Kothay Amar Jubo Joddha Ra…Tomra Egiye Esho..Ami Toiri Kore Dey Jabo (I cannot be there perpetually…The place are my younger warriors…Step ahead..I’ll practice you to serve Bengal earlier than I’m going),” Mamata stated.

Chatting with, BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinha stated, “You’re proper that she has given significance to the youths. However do you assume Abhishek Banerjee is any match to others in Bengal’s politics right now? Mamata misplaced her reputation after she inducted her nephew within the occasion. Not solely that, he was given extra liberty than others within the occasion who had been together with her for the reason that basis of the occasion. I wish to ask her the place are the TMC leaders who had been together with her in troublesome occasions? Why had been the occasion founders not given due respect? Are you able to see anybody right now together with her who used to combat for her earlier than 2011? She promoted the ‘parivarvad’ (dynastic tradition) within the occasion by ignoring the emotions of different occasion leaders. As an alternative of Abhishek Banerjee, she ought to have promoted somebody who truly sacrificed every thing at her command.”

When requested whether or not she is quietly attempting to cross the baton to Abhishek Banerjee to take the occasion ahead sooner or later, Sinha stated, “Everybody is aware of what is going on within the TMC now. Mamata ji is selling ‘parivarvad’ and sidelining outdated occasion leaders. The most important joke was Kunal Ghosh was not too long ago appointed the occasion’s spokesperson. He is similar man who was arrested by Kolkata police on Mamata’s directions. I personally really feel that she is an opportunist.”

Political professional Kapil Thakur feels that the TMC’s hunt for younger leaders within the state below the banner of ‘Banglar Jubo Shakti’ (Bengal’s Youth Energy) to create ‘Jubo Joddhas’ (Youth Warriors) is actually Mamata’s future plan to strengthen the occasion with new faces within the coming years.

The Banglar Jubo Shakti marketing campaign to create one lakh Jubo Joddhas within the state was launched by Abhishek Banerjee and a couple of,02,144 youths from 399 blocks and from 494 cities had reportedly been registered until June 29, 2020.

Jubo Joddhas is the brainchild of Prashant Kishor and occasion leaders really feel that it will assist the TMC to fill the political vacuum in the case of taking the reins in future on account of points like ageing, well being, variations of opinion among the many present leaders.

“The best way Mamata is selling Abhishek Banerjee, it actually seems like she is attempting to cross the baton to him to take the occasion ahead. However, presently, I really feel that there’s not a single chief within the TMC who can fill Mamata’s area sooner or later,” Thakur stated, including, “It’s also a incontrovertible fact that many TMC leaders distanced themselves from the occasion due to Abhishek. Once more, it’s too early to take a position in politics as a result of we’ve seen many inconceivable issues have turn out to be potential right here.”

Nobody within the Trinamool Congress was keen to touch upon the matter however many claimed that the 2021 Shahid Diwas, as asserted by Mamata, can be historic in Bengal because the TMC will once more come to energy, breaking its earlier document.

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